Saturday, November 9, 2013 5:44:34 PM
It still drives me crazy that the metric system isn't standard in this country. I was so used to using metric in the Marines (all branches of the military use it) when I transferred back to 1st Civ Div after 8 years I had a hard time going back to the English system of measurements.
You haven`t, quite. The USA imperial system isn`t quite the same as the English imperial system. It used to be the same, but the USA changed some things a little bit.
It`s probably less clear-cut than the map makes it out to be. The UK was shown as using metric, but that`s not actually true. Metric is the official system, but most people here use some combination of metric and British imperial (which was English). So, for example, we buy most liquids in metric but beer in imperial. I personally use metric for temperature but imperial for distance, metric for weight of some things and imperial for weight of other things.
Saturday, November 9, 2013 5:35:54 PM
Good grief, is Paris really *that* densely populated?
The switch from left to right side of roads is quite remarkable - it's a very recent change and was only of practical relevance for a very short period of time, yet it`s spread to most of the world despite left being the side used throughout recorded history (and probably since the days of pre-human hominids).
As for which side is right and wrong...the question is irrelevant because there isn`t an objective reason for either now. The main reason is importing cars, but even that`s probably not going to last as a reason. It`s already possible to build a car with a movable driving position.